Hello my friends. Thank you so much for all your lovely comments about my post and birthday last week. I really appreciated them. I certainly did have a great time with the family – it was exactly the birthday I longed for. And… what a blessing, and how thankful to my Father God I am that my birthday was the weekend it was! By last Thursday evening my area was in extra covid lockdown measures. My family could still have come into Wales, but I couldn’t have met with them, as Llangollen is out of my area – and we are to stay in our county! My extended family arrangements have been suspended so I can’t see my children, again; but one of our church has phoned me and asked me to join them as a special concession by the Welsh assembly to those who live on their own. It will mean I can visit them, have a meal with them, etc.

However… enough of that… On to my desk.


This is how it is looking late Tuesday evening. I was doing some pergamano – until the light went with yet another downpour! I’m making a quirky Christmas card – not got too far yet… but I shall get there. You can see my embossing black mat, the velum with the start of the design, the magazine with the pattern and instructions, 2 pairs of glasses – different focal lengths – my pack of polychromos pencils, and the large RUB with all my tools, inks, etc for doing pergamano. I have also been playing with some other cards…

Top left is a stamped card using the Magix stamps; bottom left are two stencilled images one with a stamped image on top and the other with a die cut. The right hand pictures are all my first attempts at making some diorama cards – not perfected the art yet… I know that I photographed the finished cards with those brusho backgrounds… I confess I have been doing a lot of sorting and refiling on the computer… so I can’t find them. But I will!! I have promised to show them to you.

Now that the evenings are drawing in I tend to spend them down in the lounge either attempting to do jigsaws or crocheting another blanket. Remember me saying I had completely emptied my yarn stash?? Then I caved in and bought some to wile away the evenings… well! Then a friend visited and handed me two large bags of yarn, and asked if I would make lots of baby blankets for her. She and her hubby make up baby parcels for new mums who aren’t very well off… so, yes, you guessed it… I’m back with the crochet hook out again! Not quite finished the first one yet. But I have been attempting a Pollyanna Pickering jigsaw – not easy and only to be done in good daylight – a lot of blacks! But I did finish a Brueghel style one…


I love this one. Look out Julia – it will shortly be heading your way!!!

So that’s me this week here in Wales.Attempting to keep myself busy, get through the to-do list each day, and still have time to relax in front of the tv – just been watching Strike on I-player – didn’t see it when it was on, so thought i would give it a go. One of my neighbours has loaned me the dvd of Hot fuzz – which I confess I thoroughly enjoyed – laughing out loud at some of the antics!

And on that note… Take care everyone. God bless you.


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29 Replies to “WOYWW592”

  1. I hope you are not in local lockdown for too long… good timing for your birthday at least! Love the jigsaw, what a fabulous picture. I haven’t started thinking about Christmas cards this year. soon… possibly! Have a good week, stay safe. Helen #1

  2. That jigsaw looks huge! And lovely.
    Glad about that decision of the Welsh Assembly – at last someone with some thought for those on their own!
    Well, Margaret, those cards are lovely and the Parchment Craft ones are beautiful. Whether they are perfect or not they are stunning and you should be proud to say you have made them, I would be. I know how much it takes to do that craft.
    God Bless, Neet xx8

  3. The Welsh Assembly have been streets ahead of the UK government in my opinion, I’m thankful on your behalf that you will be able to still see people. How kind of your church friends to make sure that you’re included and involved still. Your birthday weekend was beautiful timed, not only with lockdown but the weather too. I’m so pleased for you Margaret. Those cards are fab, I really like the fr right white and black cutout with the deer, very classy!
    Hugs LLJ 11 xxx

  4. How lucky that your birthday fell on just the right weekend and I ‘m so glad you had a lovely time. Your church sounds like it’s doing a wonderful job keeping the community open and inclusive for people living on their own.
    Your cards are just beautiful and despite what you say they look pretty perfect to me – the dimensional ones are just stunning – I especially love the wintery white one with the little deer – gorgeous!
    Have a good week and stay safe and well,
    Hugs, Diana x #14

    1. Glad you can still see your family in lockdown. It’s a good policy for people living alone to be able to.
      I’d be interested to see your blankets. Crochet is good for telly watching. I love Strike too, there’s a new book out as well, in the series, which is even better..
      I love the deer card too. Did you cut out all the fine detail?
      Take care, stay safe and happy WOYWW
      Lynnecrafts #19

  5. OK, so of course I love the cards, but the jigsaw grabbed me! When I was newly ill and very weak, I took up puzzles as exercise. Bear with me on this one LOL! We have a largish dining room table and if I put the puzzle in the middle, it forced me to get up and down a LOT, to reach over, to walk around the table, etc. and it kept me moving at least a little. I still have a stack of them and every so often I drag one out to work on it. Luck with the timing of your birthday and next year may you have a massive garden party to celebrate!

  6. Lockdown is so tedious – but necessary. We are hoping that here in Melbourne, things will ease soon. But it may still be the 5 k limit for travel, which makes it very difficult,

    Love your cards – I have that swirly stencil so you might have given me an idea!!
    Happy woyww! Susan #7

  7. I really like your lacy cards that look like a clock! Very chic! The jigsaw scene looks lovely – I’ve only done a few jigsaws in my life – it’s so important that you have a connection to the scene/image otherwise I would find it difficult to work on it! The one I did three years ago brought me a lot of joy – I still haven’t broken it – I was going to seal it but perhaps I should have another go this Christmas! Oooh, did I say that out loud? Perhaps I’ll just get another one – I can’t bring myself to break it up LOL! Have a lovely week Margaret! xx zsuzsa #22

  8. Well that jigsaw puzzle looks so complicated, I don’t think I have ever completed one. Your cards are beautiful, I adore the diarama cards, very pretty.
    Good luck with the baby blankets since you have been forced into crocheting again, I bet they really had to twist your arm hehe.
    have a great day
    Ellie #14

  9. Hi Margaret pleased to hear your Birthday went well. I feel lucky to have all my friends on WOYWW it makes a lovely break to the week chatting to everyone here. The jigsaw is gorgeous, bet you enjoyed that and the cards too are lovely. Have a lovely week and a happy woyww, Angela x16x

  10. Hi Margaret, firstly, totally agree about Hot Fuzz- we’ve watched it a few times, and always end up roaring with laughter! Very rare we watch a film more than once either.Love all the cards, the diorama ones are stunning, they must take an age. Such a shame about more lockdown, but what a lovely response from your church group. Stay safe, Have a lovely week, Hugs, Shaz #5 X

  11. Lovely cards. I am so glad that you had a great birthday, looks like my birthday is going to be under lockdown! I don’t mind not going out, but it’s sad family can’t come round.. Happy WOYWW Angels#25

  12. Hi Margaret! Sounds like things are looking up a bit, I hope you enjoy your family time! The puzzle looks very hard, good for you! I love your cards, especially the die cut ones, and of those my fav is the Christmas one – spectacular!
    Have a great week, Lindart #28

    1. Hi! In answer to you questions, Lake Ontario is only about 10 minutes from our house, it makes a nice walk there and back! Yes all those pieces in the photo are brushes, I was able to stencil just holly berries when I tried them out, and then the leaves in green- awesome! Would never be able to do that with the applicators and sponges! Lindart

  13. We are so lucky that we enjoy our own company and have plenty to keep us busy – never a dull moment here. That doesn’t mean that I don’t miss friends and family but I can make the best of a bad job. Your cards are great and it’s such an achievement to look at a nice finished pile of them isn’t it. Fab jig-saw too. Keep safe. xx JO

  14. Margaret, such terrible times we live in where family times together are being compromised. What it does do on the other end of that spectrum is really appreciate your loved ones and the times you do get to spend together. I hope you see a reprieve soon! I love your cards! I am not a very good card maker! The “lacy” looking ones are really pretty! The receivers will be so appreciative of any of those beauties!! What a feat with that puzzle!! I love putting puzzles together! Just something about it spells comfort at home on cozy evening! Blessings for the rest of your week! Felicia #27

  15. Hello Magaret! I love the diorama cards. They are stunning. I am glad you will have some opportunity to socialize at the church. My sister-in-law lives alone and it’s tough. How sweet that you will be making baby blankets for those who are in need. That is so wonderful. And that puzzle, that puzzle…I can’t even imagine completing it. There are too many of the same colors and the dark pieces…forget about it!!! Well done my friend! I am glad you are keeping busy with fun things. Stay well.
    Belinda #30

  16. Hello Margaret! You have some very stunning cards in your desk, I would be hard pushed to pick a favourite. So sorry you can’t be with family at the moment but glad you have someone you can meet up with. – I think the winter will be tough for lots of people this year. Thank goodness for crafting!! Good luck with the puzzles and your baby blankets – sound like you have plenty to work with! Stay safe, stay well, Cindy #13 xx

  17. Hope your lockdown is short lived. I have a friend that does Pergamano, Such a beautiful craft! Love your cards. Great puzzle. Sounds like you have lots to keep yourself busy. God bless!
    Carol n #24

  18. Wow ~ You’ve been busy! Great cards. I had to look up pergamano, and said oh no! run away don’t look lest you love it and want to add to your collection of stuff! It does look like fun with very pretty results. I hope the new restrictions don’t last too long for you ~ Love, Karen #33

  19. That is a nice puzzle…she said, thinking maybe she wold pass it MaInLaw before attempting it herself! So admire your patience with the pergamano, i know your work will pay off. Just not gratuitously fast enough for me! And… it keeps your desk tidy, huh..perhaps thats a nother reason why i dont get on with it11 Love the die pattern on the diorama cards, again, your patience shines through…what a multi purpose thing though, change the colour and a completely different card is possible, very good value! I know you do, but here’s a title reminder…restrictions are set to keep you well…be a good gal and stay well. Xx

  20. Gorgeous cards, Margaret. I’m with Zsuzsa – my favourite are the clock look-alike ones – love the Pergamano! You are sooo talented at that. I’ll never forget that absolutely stunning 3-D Advent calendar you made…

    Thank you for your visit – yes, we are highly delighted to have our front wall looking respectable again, and I’m so impressed with my hubby’s handiwork! I’ve just started designing Tiny Carpet #5 but tomorrow I am hoping tow work on making up the first ones into needle books, to meet my Monday deadline.

    Happy WOYWW and God bless,
    Shoshi x #18

  21. Your makes look amazing… those 3D cut outs are wonderful.
    Well done on the puzzle, years ago I did a huge Brueghel puzzle, which was great fun at the time, but since buying one of those fold up puzzle storage thingumies we haven’t done another one!
    Thanks for the snoop!
    Chrissie #23

  22. Dear Margaret a lovely collection of cards in a varied design and well done on the jigsaw it’s truly huge. And will see with interest your pergamano. Don’t think I commented last week but read it, I’ve been tired lots so don’t comment much.. many happies though as dud read it and so glad Lord kept lock down away till birthday was done.
    Lovely desky share sorry I’m late… again… ?
    Thanks for being a blessing, and may God bless you too, especially in these unusual times, a blessing to rest simply in Him! Praying you’re all kept well too!
    Hugs, Shaz in Oz.x ?

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  23. Hello Margaret, glad you’re well & keeping busy. I tried crocheting once, even went on a short course. My squares turned out as triangles ? Take care. Sue xx #21

  24. Hi Margaret, that’s a lovely puzzle – the colour palette looks testing. Your cards are all beautiful. I particularly like the stencilled backgrounds. I have a crochet project on the go too but have to admit it’s gathering dust at the moment. I don’t seem to be able to concentrate on it. I’m sure I’ll get my mojo back eventually. We’ve just been put into a new lockdown – not good. Thank goodness for the TV. Hope you enjoy the Strike series. Hugs, Elizabeth x #26

  25. Hello Margaret. I was checking I had replied to all who visited and though thought I had I can’t see my comment.
    Glad you were able to celebrate in some way. I have ma aged a little crochet. Attempting a difficult puzzle – pieces all the same!
    We heard tonight that we have gone into Tier 2 restrictions 🙁 no idea now when we will spend time with our son’s and families. Trying to stay upbeat. Take care. Anne x 29

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